The Republic of Ireland, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, has agreed to a 2015 public vote on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
In late August, Danielle Moon, director of the Medicare Drug & Health Plan Contract Administration Group, announced equal nursing-home care for same-sex couples. Medicare Advantage plans guarantee individuals care in certain nursing homes where their spouse resides—a right earlier denied for same-sex couples.
The Pentagon unveiled a scheme on August 14 to extend a range of federal benefits to same-sex spouses of military service members, beginning on September 3.
Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said we can solve the equality issue by granting same-sex couples rights under a civil union, without allowing same-sex couples the right to marry.
Thailand has held the first of a series of public hearings as it works on introducing a bill to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples, and over 200 people showed up in support of the legislation.
Disney World's annual "Gay Days" in support of the LGBT community will be the week of June 2nd in Orlando, Florida. The Florida Family Association plans to protest the event this year.